Rupert Everett biography
Date of Birth: May 29, 1959
In the 1996 edition of Baseline's Encyclopedia of Film,
Rupert Everett was labeled "Handsome young lead of the 1980s"
- indicating that his star had long ago burnt out.
But that was before he portrayed Julia Roberts' "real"
best friend (the funny, gay one) in My Best Friend's Wedding.
Rupert's performance- highlighted by his glorious rendition of
Burt Bacharach's "I Say A Little Prayer" -- was such
a showstopper that many people are still amazed he didn't get an Oscar nomination.
The dashing Brit was indeed a sensation in his homeland in the
early '80s. A rebellious youth, he was turfed from London's Central
School of Speech and Drama for his insolence. He honed his acting
skills with Scotland's Glasgow Citizen's Theatre, touring in productions
across the U.K.
In 1982 he appeared in the London Stage production of Another
Country. When he reprised the role on the screen in 1984,
Everett became a media darling. He turned in a series of sterling
performances in Dance With A Stranger, Duet For One, and
the television movie Arthur The King.
Unfortunately, the love affair between the press and the outrageous
actor was short lived. His fits of ego alienated reporters, the
public and, worst of all, producers. By 1987 roles became scarce
and, in 1989, Everett openly acknowledged his homosexuality -
an act that would have had more impact if the press still cared.
His roles in the '90s were generally haughty, nasty-types, as in
Ready To Wear and Dunston Checks In.
With his star back on the rise, Everett has appeared in several other big films, like the voice of Prince charming in all of the Shrek movies, as Edmund St. John-Smythe in Hysteria, and most recently, as Monseñor in the true-story drama Finding Altamira (2016) starring Antonio Banderas. He also appeared in the fantasy adaptation Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016), starring Eva Green and Asa Butterfield.
As Everett says, "I'm putting myself up to be a major star. I want to conquer Hollywood by becoming the first openly gay leading man in films—it's time someone did that, without all the lying. Can't we all tell the truth about who we are?"
Rupert Everett Filmography